In our world today, success requires strength. It requires determination, boldness, and sometimes fierce competition. Yet as Christians we know that humility is a key component of leadership. We may desire to be honest and compassionate, but we have to realize that focusing all our attention on one thing can be destructive.
In regards to leadership, the Word of God never discourages strength or boldness. In fact, those things can be just as important as humility. It is our job to find a healthy balance between strength and humility so that we are able to boast in the Lord and not in ourselves.
Leading like this first requires a great deal of trust in God. After all, without trust, we start to rely on our own strength, and we know that we are fallible. Without trust, we trust in ourselves and grow prideful in our own abilities. Giving God all the glory and credit is the most important thing we can do as leaders. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, we need to stop and pray for God to fill us with His strength. When we are in tune with God’s will for our lives, we cannot fail.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Our decisions should be empowered by Christ alone, and that should be more than enough to humble us.
Therefore, as a general rule, we should focus on humility before strength. For it is easy to be strong without the love of God in our hearts, but humility requires that we first consider the love Jesus showed to us. And because love is our prime source of power, we should have no fear.
1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
When troubles come our way, we must not waver in leadership. There are people who look to us to pave for them the right way. If we are made weak in fear, then they will be made even weaker. We must be rooted in God and confident in His might. We must allow Him to lead us before we lead others.
It may not always be easy to lead with strength and humility at the same time, but it is certainly the will of God. Jesus was the humblest of all, even as He, a perfect man, was hung on a cross for the sins of the world. Yet He was far from weak. A weak man could not have cast out demons, raised the dead, or risen from the grave three days after His crucifixion. The meek Son found perfect strength in the Father, and so should we. God is the epitome of strength and humility, and so as long as we let Him be the center of our lives, we will lead as He wants us to.
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